Life of Awe

When “Your Time is Almost Up”

April 15, 2016 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

“Okay, your time is up.” We expect these words at the completion of a paint-ball game or massage or training session. But what about when God or the Voice of the Universe whispers these same words as a reminder that your time here on earth is “almost up?” Hmmm?

No, I’m not on my deathbed, nor am I even in the room that bed sits, but I do reside in the same house. Every decade or so I find the time has come for me to reevaluate what I want to do and be in the next decade. That time is upon me now. I think that because of my age this may be one of my most important life-assessment adventures.

So, I plan to take a 4-8 week hiatus from writing the blog
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Thoughts and Reflections: Serenity

February 7, 2016 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

They say “all we need is love,” which is only partly true.

We also need serenity and peace.

In fact, is it possible that, in the end “all we really want is serenity and peace?” No problems or issues to handle, no nasty people, no debt, no war, no stress.

Yep. I’ll take a serene life (full of love—haha).

Photo courtesy of Unsplash

I Just Decided to Do It!

December 31, 2015 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

As I consider 2016 and beyond I’m feeling the need to radically change the methods I’ve used to my determine my annual goals and resolutions. Neither goals nor resolutions actually work. Studies have indicated that less than 10% (8%) of resolutions are accomplished. I’ve found that ordinary goal setting or resolutions are pretty much a waste of time.
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Your Search for Meaning Starts Here

December 4, 2015 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Sunday Photos: Sunday is a pleasant day for resting curiously. A time to ponder. Below are random Life Thoughts inspired by Unsplash photos (found at Mikael from Crew.)

The Road Not Yet Traveled

Seneca, 1st Century Philosopher:

“Yes indeed, I shall use the old road, but if I find a better one I shall open it up. Those who pioneered the old routes are our leaders, not our masters. Truth lies open to everyone. There is yet to be a monopoly of truth. And there is plenty of it left for future generations.”

For the rest of your life you will walk “The Road Not Yet Traveled.” It is Your Road and it belongs only to you. It may include those you invite to join. But it is still a solitary road, because it it yours alone. The “search for meaning” road.

Walk with awe and wonder, always curiously anticipating what’s around the bend.


Your Search for Meaning Starts Here

November 29, 2015 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Sunday Photos: Sunday is a pleasant day for resting curiously. A time to ponder. Below are random Life Thoughts inspired by Unsplash photos (found at Mikael from Crew.)

You Matter

O, Creator

I look at your heavens,
    which you made with your fingers.
I see the moon and stars,
    which you created.
But why are people even important to you?
    Why do you take care of human beings?
You made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor. 

Is mankind the most important creation in the universe? Yep. Of course not. Really… who knows? More important… who cares?

The fact that we can even ask such a question is a sign of how honored we are to be made just a little lower than angels? I’m amazed that I can actually ponder and search for meaning in this vast universe. How cool is it to wonder: what’s is all about?

Such ponderings give me all the excuse I need to fully embrace as much of life as I possibly can. And if I can help someone else do the same then I will have truly lived meaningfully!

Life Today Sucks Without Life Tomorrow

September 24, 2015 by Charlie Hedges − 1 Comments

“You cannot be fully human without having hope for tomorrow!”

These words were uttered by Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired magazine, in a podcast interview with (you guessed it) Tim Ferriss. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that Wired is an inordinately innovative magazine published 10 years ahead of its time. When it first appeared in the mid 90’s (I think) it blew me away with its use of color, unique format, and provocative articles.
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When Your Life is a Treasure Chest

August 27, 2015 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

I received a boatload of feedback from the post, It’s Your Duty to Have Fun in Life.  I guess too many of you have been sidetracked by the American dream of becoming “the best you, you can be.” Man, I HATE that statement. A lot. It makes life feel like a burden or a contest instead of a treasure chest with all sorts of goodies.
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You Don’t Have Enough Information to be a Pessimist

May 14, 2015 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Why is it that we are so fond of negativity or cynicism or pessimism? I have this horrible feeling that we can be more eager to pass on negative stories than positive ones. Yuk! Please tell me I’m wrong and it’s just me, but I honestly don’t think so.

Ooh, We Just Love Bad News

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In Search of “The Good Life”

April 30, 2015 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“There are those who are good at cultivating life.”

Some mornings I sit in bed and write. But only after my morning routine of breakfast, meditation, spiritual readings and praying. This is one of those mornings. The line above in bold came from my reading of the Tao Te Ching, a book I read daily for profound Chinese wisdom.
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